Mayor Bill de Blasio’s security team was used for “political purposes” during his unsuccessful presidential campaign, as well as to run “errands” for Hezoner—including relocating his daughter and running his son. — throughout its mayor, city investigators drew a damning conclusion, according to a new report.
A 49-page investigative department report released Thursday found the NYPD paid $319,794 on the NYPD security team with Meyer as he traveled the country during his Quikotic bid — which included a Red Sox game. – and that the members of his description “sometimes” were taken away. His campaign staffers while running for mayor.
“Both reflect the use of NYPD resources for political purposes,” investigators determined, as de Blasio’s elected DOI commissioner, Margaret Garnett, sought to return the city.
“This investigation confirmed that New York City spent more than $300,000 on travel costs alone to expand the mayor’s security during his presidency,” he said in a prepared statement. “Under current COIB guidance, these expenses must be paid for by the mayor either personally or through his campaign.”
Those political trips were in violation of the city charter, including by taxpayers taking tabs for their details to watch a Red Sox game in California, the report said.
“NS [Conflict of Interest] The board has not publicly stated any exceptions that would allow the mayor to use the city’s resources in relation to purely political travel at some distance from the city.
The DOI’s blistering investigation of the mayor’s security arrangements and how de Blasio used the agents assigned to him revealed that two-term executive agents ferrying family and friends around town, crucial in record keeping. Failure to address gaps and security risks encountered. De Blasio’s children, Chiara and Dante.
“It’s not security, it’s essentially a concierge service,” Garnett said at a later press conference on the report, specifically for Dante.
“This is no way to run the rails,” he summed it up.
Additionally, the DOI sent de Blasio’s chief of security details, Inspector Howard Redmond, to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office for possible prosecution, alleging that he obstructed their investigation in detail.
In her statement, Garnett said, “Protecting the mayor and his family is a serious and important task that must be guided by best practices, formal procedures and an understanding that security details are not personal assistants in a dignitary’s daily life but provide the necessary protection.” .
The investigation concluded that the NYPD’s management of de Blasio’s actions and his protection amounted to “potential violations of New York City Conflicts of Interest law, lapses in best practices, corruption vulnerabilities and inefficient use of public resources.”
Garnett’s investigation found that “multiple” details members steered the move of the mayor’s daughter, Chiara de Blasio, and that an NYPD van was used to bring her “stuff from their apartment to the Gracie mansion.”
However, the DOI could not determine whether de Blasio directly ordered the NYPD to help move his daughter from Brooklyn to the Gracie Mansion. But he uncovered evidence that details of First Lady Chirlane McCray transporting personal items constituted “misuse of NYPD resources for personal gain.”
The mayor came under scrutiny for using public funds to fund a trip during his presidential bid in 2019, which ended in September 2019.
De Blasio was also reprimanded after the Executive Security Unit allegedly helped move the daughter to the Gracie mansion in 2018. In addition, he has admitted that his son, Dante de Blasio, received a ride from the NYPD while he studied at Yale University under his father. .
The DOI investigation documented “multiple instances” when EPU employees drove Dante to or from Yale in New Haven, Connecticut, in a vehicle without his mother, Chirlane McRae, or his father.
“Detectives interviewed by DOI claimed that instructions to drive Dante de Blasio came from his superiors, not directly from Mayor de Blasio,” the report reads.
But the chopping of the NYPD in college didn’t end for the mayor’s son. According to the report, from December 2019 or January 2020, Dante began “receiving rides from NYPD personnel every weekday morning” from Gracie Mansion on the Upper East Side to his job in Brooklyn. Lux Traffic closed in spring 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
City investigators said the mayor denied knowledge of the arrangement, while the First Lady told DOI she knew about it.
In addition, the investigation found that NYPD security details turned de Blasio’s brother around—at least one of the eight “guests” the mayor instructed its members to shuttle around. In September 2019, a security extension prompted Meyer’s brother to “take a Zipcar to Palmyra, New Jersey,” which, according to the report, is about two hours from the five boroughs.
“It is unclear whether the mayor was present for this excursion,” it reads. “Later, the security detail drove Meyer’s brother to the Alamo rental car location without Meyer.”
De Blasio told investigators that he treated taxpayer-funded private transportation as “official business” and “proper etiquette.”
The report also details a series of record-keeping issues with the mayor’s police details. They included allegations that Inspector Redmond actively avoided surveillance by ordering police to use BBM – a BlackBerry Messenger app pre-govt. Andrew Cuomo and his colleagues avoided public disclosure laws — and later encrypted apps like WhatsApp and Signal.
“A former NYPD detective told DOI that Inspector Redmond had instructed EPU members assigned to Meyer and his family to communicate with city hall resources to prevent the NYPD from gaining access to EPU communications when investigating. During 25 NYPD phone and email “dumping” happen.